Tip of the Day
Are you someone who experiences symptoms like body tingling or warmth after eating foods containing monosodium glutamate or MSG and think you are MSG sensitive?
The symptoms people describe after eating foods with MSG have been called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” because MSG was once common in Chinese cuisine. In actuality, research hasn’t found a definitive link between MSG and Chinese food. Other food components, perhaps a common allergen such as soy, could cause this adverse reaction.
If you want to control the amount of MSG you eat, order food without added MSG in restaurants and when choosing seasonings, read the fine print on the labels for MSG. If the menu says “No MSG” it likely means no added MSG but it could be in other ingredients such as soy sauce.
For more information on MSG, consult a registered dietitian in your area and learn more about Food Allergies and Intolerances.
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Reviewed December 2012